This is the ‘sword of Damocles’ hanging over small-cap stocks, trader says

Small caps’ surge has hit the brakes in April. The Russell 2000 hasn’t hit a new high in nearly a month even as the rest of the market sits in record high territory. The group still outperforms the S&P 500 for the year, rising 13% to the benchmark index’s 10% increase. Inflation fears could be … Read more

Earning season is about to get underway and that could be a positive catalyst for stocks

A man wearing a protective face mask walks by 14 Wall Street in the financial district of New York, November 19, 2020. Shannon Stapleton | Reuters The earnings reporting season gets underway in the week ahead, and it is expected to be a positive catalyst that could continue to send stocks higher for now. The … Read more

Fundstrat’s Tom Lee explains why he expects a ‘face-ripper rally’ in April

Tom Lee said Monday he expects the stock market’s strong start to April to continue throughout the month as part of what he’s previously dubbed a “face-ripper rally.” The co-founder of Fundstrat Global Advisors made his case in an interview on CNBC’s “Fast Money,” following the S&P 500‘s 1.4% gain Monday to notch a record close … Read more

The market powers into the second quarter, but investors should be vigilant

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Source: NYSE At some point as a market cycle unfolds, the big risk shifts from overthinking the situation to underappreciating the hazards. It’s not clear we’re there yet: Both the impressive market action and torrent of positive economic news continue to reward the “keep it … Read more

Small caps lost steam in March. Here’s what Wall Street thinks is next for these stocks

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Source: CNBC A dramatic run for small cap stocks hit a skid in mid-March, as the Russell 2000 found itself in a familiar position of lagging its large cap peers. In a four-month span from the end of October to the end of February, the … Read more

Blowout jobs report could power stocks higher in the week ahead

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. NYSE April started off with a rally, and the market could continue to notch gains as the month gets underway, strategists say. The U.S. Labor Department’s surprisingly strong March jobs report this Friday showed that there were 916,000 jobs added in March, compared to … Read more

2021 is shaping up to be a year for stock picking. Here’s how to play it

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., March 2, 2020. Brendan McDermid | Reuters The historic economic reopening is breathing life into areas of the market that once fell out of favor, setting up a long-awaited opportunity for stock pickers to shine. Top strategists from major … Read more

Three ways to manage your high-yield investments as interest rates rise

High yield, low visibility. That’s how many investors are feeling about high-dividend securities these days as interest rates edge higher and U.S. economy shows signs of recovery. Historically, high-yield investments tend to outperform the S&P 500 in the three years following a recession, Isaac Braley, the president of BTS Asset Management, told CNBC’s “ETF Edge” … Read more

The end of the quarter could create volatility for markets in the week ahead

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. NYSE Stocks could be buffeted by end-of-quarter trading in the week ahead, as pension funds and other big investors buy bonds and sell stocks to rebalance their portfolios. The dramatic move higher in bond yields this quarter sets up fund managers to shift their … Read more

Cramer’s investment dos and don’ts for this tricky market environment

CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Thursday laid out his dos and don’ts for investing in the current market environment. “If you accept your predicament and you follow these rules, you’ll have a chance to prosper in this brand new market. But if you try to cling to what worked last year,” the “Mad Money” host said, … Read more